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Three Schools Selected to Represent New Hampshire at Regional Conference on High School Innovation

Three Schools Selected to Represent New Hampshire at Regional Conference on High School Innovation
The Schools Will Share Successful Strategies with Colleagues from Across New England

MEDIA CONTACT: Skip Hanson, NESSC Liaison for New Hampshire
603-235-6697 |

Concord – Three New Hampshire public schools—Campbell High School (Litchfield), Great Bay eLearning High School (Exeter), and Pittsfield Middle High School (Pittsfield)—have been invited to represent their state at a regional conference on effective strategies for improving teaching and learning in the 21st century.

The conference, High School Redesign in Action, will take place March 22–23, 2012, in Norwood, Massachusetts. It is sponsored by the New England Secondary School Consortium, a regional partnership committed to high school innovation, in collaboration with the departments of education for Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. All the selected schools have made significant progress raising student achievement, graduation rates, college-enrollment numbers, or other indicators of educational success.

“The building of human capital by supporting faculty professional development is key to meeting the needs of today’s high school students. In our work with the New England Secondary School Consortium, we are able to learn together with educators from throughout the region in order to develop both the strategies and the knowledge that support dynamic learning environments for students. The High School Redesign in Action Conference showcases examples of schools that provide multiple pathways to success for students,” said Virginia M. Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education.

Eleven years ago, Campbell High School was the first secondary school in the state of New Hampshire to adopt a competency-based learning system—that is, an academic program in which student must demonstrate they have acquire essential skills and knowledge before they can move on. The competency-based system helped the school create new and more diverse learning opportunities for all students. Competencies also help students prepare for success in the 21st century by cultivating the behaviors, attitudes, and higher-order thinking skills that are not only necessary, but expected, in today’s increasing globalized workplaces.

Even though the Great Bay eLearning Charter School is a small, supportive, close-knit community, the school doesn’t leave individual attention to chance. The school uses research-based strategies to create personalized learning experiences for every student that take into account individual learning needs, interests, and future aspirations, which can dramatically improve student engagement, knowledge acquisition, and educational outcomes.

Pittsfield Middle High School has worked to create a more student-centered learning environment in which students are give the opportunity to take greater ownership over their educational journey. Using strategies such as a high-impact advisory program (regular meetings of students and adults in the school), personal learning plans (detailed plans that students create to help them achieve their educational, career, and life goals), and student-led conferences (parent-teacher conferences designed by students during which they present their learning progress), Pittsfield has been able to create a more successful educational experience for more students.

The New England Secondary School Consortium is a regional partnership working to advance forward-thinking innovations in secondary education that will empower the next generation of citizens, workers, and leaders. The Consortium’s goal is to ensure that every public high school student receives an education that prepares them for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. The Consortium is funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (, the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education, and it is coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership (, a nonprofit educational-support organization in Portland, Maine. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has committed more than $2 million to support the Consortium, which includes $1 million in partnership grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more information:

New Hampshire’s High School Redesign in Action Presentations

School: Campbell High School, Litchfield
Presenters: Justin Ballou (teacher), Shawn Flynn (mathematics department curriculum facilitator), Linda Frost (science department curriculum facilitator), Robert Manseau (principal), Laurie Rothhaus (assistant principal)
Presentation Information: Friday, March 23 | 9:15 am
Contact: Robert Manseau |

School: Great Bay eLearning High School, Exeter
Presenters: Eric Feldborg (dean of students), Lisa Hammond (teacher)
Presentation Information: Thursday, March 22 | 3:45 pm + Friday, March 23 | 9:15 am
Contact: Eric Feldborg |

School: Pittsfield Middle High School, Pittsfield
Presenters: Jessica Bickford (teacher), Ronda Fernald (teacher), Mary Ann Hatab (library specialist), Shawnda Hopkins (teacher), Jenny Keller (teacher), Susan McTague (teacher), William Mitchell (teacher)
Presentation Information: Friday, March 23 | 10:45 am + 12:45 pm
Contact: Bob Bickford |

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